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Which Is The Best eReader?

eReaders Cheaper HereWhich is the best eReader in 2013? These are the light-weight, take anywhere, eBook readers. They are dedicated to the needs of reading and no other distracting tasks.

Help me choose – see user-led recommendations from our recent owners’ survey...>>>

A 6 inch eBook reader is designed to be easy to hold, use and read. Its light weight and quickly downloads eBooks, wirelessly, from an online store or free book depository.

The best models make use of intuitive touch screen controls (to turn pages, skim through and set book marks) and a handy night light so you can read in the dusk or dark.

There are no complicated technical settings to master. These electronic books are dedicated to providing you one service: Making your reading easy, pleasurable and fatigue free. The text is presented in one mode – portrait - like a paper book. You can store a complete library of around 1000 books on one device that weighs less than a conventional paper-back book.

User nominated recommendations  Amazon Kindle PaperWhite 2  Amazon Kindle eReader 2013  Amazon Kidle PaperWhite Mk1  Nook SimpleTouch Glowlight

10 Things You Should Look For In An eBook Reader

Best Buys Compared has run a consumer survey among over nine thousand eReader owners in the UK and America. This user poll unlocked 10 key benefits users know deliver a pleasant reading experience when compared to a paperback book or tablet PC:

The best eReader will:

• Automatically connect to Wi-Fi* & fast download eBooks
• Be comfortably held in one hand
• Enable selection of an easy reading font & magnify its size
• Allow screen brightness/contrast to be adjusted easily
• Have a glow light for reading at night

• Provide easy page turns, skimming & bookmarking
• Offer almost any book at the on-line book store**
• And access to free book texts from the public domain
• Store around 1000 books – perhaps more
• Recharge once a month – perhaps longer

*You’ll need a subscription to a Wi-Fi broadband super hub at home, or access to a public “hotspot” wireless network.
**You’ll need to open an account at the eBookstore and have a credit or debit card account

The Best Buy 6” eReader Survey revealed which models have these useful characteristics and benefits.

Here’s why these eBook Reader qualities will matter to you:

Automatically connect to Wi-Fi* & fast download eBooks

When you want to download an eBook, your eReader is designed to automatically find and latch onto a WiFi network, then open a dedicated** internet channel to the eBook site of the manufacturer. There you can browse, select and pay for the book title or magazine or newspaper. The download usually takes less than 60 seconds.

*You’ll need a subscription to a Wi-Fi broadband super hub at home, like BT infinity or access to a free, public “hotspot” wireless network. And be in range!

** Only the Amazon Kindle Fire HD has a worldwide web browsing function in addition to the Kindle Store channel.

Some models like the Amazon Kindle PaperWhite have limited access to mobile phone networks (3G) in order to download books. (Note: 3G access does not make an eReader into a mobile smart phone!)

Be comfortably held in one hand

Ereaders are about the size of a paper back and weigh about the same – around 200 grams. That means you can hold the device, without fatigue and easily carry it in clothing or a bag.


Enable selection of an easy reading font & magnify its size

Unlike a paper book you can alter the text’s font to suit yourself and make the text bigger to assist your eyesight. And because these devices are dedicated to reading, type is often displayed sharper than on more expensive tablet PCs.

Allow screen brightness/contrast to be adjusted easily

You can alter the screen’s brightness for different lighting conditions.

Glare & reflection are also less likely to be an issue. eReaders display in easier to see/read sharp black, white and shades of grey rather than full colour (the exception is the Amazon Kindle Fire for magazines and newspapers).

Have a glow light for reading at night

A gently glowing display makes it easy to read in bed without bothering a partner or fatiguing your own eyes. It’s a surprisingly useful feature.

Provide easy page turns, skimming & bookmarking

Since an eBook reader is dedicated to the task of reading its functionality can be fine-tuned to suit the reader.

With touchscreen devices it is easy to turn one page or many, return to where you were and bookmark to begin reading at a later time.

The latest models also offer access to an on-board dictionary and thesaurus for difficult or unusual words. And, provided you are in Wi-Fi range you may also be able to translate passages to/from English and look up facts on internet resources like Wikipedia.

Offer almost any book at the on-line book store

The whole point of devices like the Kindle and Nook is to make money for Amazon and Barnes & Noble through digital book sales. You can find most fiction and non-fiction at the Amazon Kindle store or B&N Nook store*.

Once bought, etitles download within sixty seconds or less (you need to be in range of a WiFi signal) and are in the correct format to read immediately.

*You’ll need to open an account at the eBookstore and have a credit or debit card account

And access to free book texts from the public domain

To read public domain book texts (think out of copyright books e.g Charles Dickens & Emily Bronte, or scientific papers, government reports and business papers) the text has to be in the right computer format (eg .TXT, PDF, etc) and your eReader needs direct Wi-Fi access to the repository.

Amazon, Nook and Sony provide portals to some of these sites, eg Project Guttenburg, Free EBooks, Many Books, etc.

Otherwise you can download the file you want to read to a PC, ensure it’s in the right format (Amazon offers a re-format service through your Kindle account email) then transfer the text onto the eBook reader via the USB cable supplied in the eReader’s box.

Store around 1000 books – perhaps more

If you want or need, an eReader can store around a 1000 books in its memory. Some electronic books offer expandable memory via an SD storage card slot (up to a whopping 32GB).

Amazon offers internet “cloud storage” accessed via a Kindle device’s Wi-Fi. This is also how your Kindle reading can be spread around and synchronised with other devices you may own via the Kindle App.

Recharge once a month – perhaps longer

Because eBook readers are, generally, dedicated to simply presenting text and still images that activity doesn’t consume much battery power. The charge on a dedicated eReader like the entry level Amazon Kindle may last up to six weeks if the device is read for half an hour a day.

The charge won’t last nearly so long on a full colour tablet PC come eReader like the Amazon Kindle Fire HD Mk2.

 

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Help Me Choose Which eReader is Best?

Which eReader is your best buy? At Best Buys Compared we’ve undertaken research among 9,244 users. These people have used their electronic books regularly for 6 weeks or more.

Based on this body of practical experience we’ve gleaned the answer to the question “which ebook reader should I buy?”

Here’s our recommendation: It’s based on the Overall Users’ Satisfaction Rating, specification, functionality, reliability and value for money of these are our 3 best buys across the price points:

User nominated recommendations  Amazon Kindle PaperWhite 2  Amazon Kindle eReader 2013  Amazon Kidle PaperWhite Mk1  Nook SimpleTouch Glowlight

Model

Rank

Best Buy?

Pay around**

Overall Users' Satisfaction Rating*

Touchscreen

Night light

Adjustable text size

Instore titles

Instore free content

Free content access

Amazon Kindle PaperWhite 2

1

Y

£100

8.84/10

Y

Y

Y

High

Low

Intermediate

Amazon Kindle eReader 2

2

Y

£65

8.74/10

#

# 

Y

High

Low

Intermediate

Amazon Kindle PaperWhite 1

3

#

£100

8.66/10

Y

Y

Y

High

Low

Intermediate

Nook Simple Touch GlowLight

4

Y

£85

8.63/10

Y

Y

Y

Medium

Low

Intermediate

Nook Simple Touch

5

#

£50

8.46/10

Y

# 

Y

Medium

Low

Intermediate

Amazon Kindle Fire HD v2

6

#

£150

8.25/10

Y

Y

Y

High

Low

Intermediate

Sony Reader PRST2

7

#

£90

8.15/10

Y

# 

Y

Low

Low

Intermediate

© 2013 Which is the best eReader? Table copyright Best Buys Compared
* Overall users’ satisfaction rating after 6 weeks of use
** Prices correct at publication. Check our “Who’s cheapest” page for the latest bargains

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Nook SimpleTouch  Amazon Kindle Fire HD Mk2 2013  Sony Reader PRST2 

 

Recommendation 1 - Amazon Kindle PaperWhite 2 (8.84/10)

Amazon Kindle PaperWhite 2Users awarded the Amazon Kindle PaperWhite 2 (8.84/10) the accolade of best buy 6” ebook reader. Why? The simple answer is its superior performance over other, comparable ereaders and the fact that Amazon has reduced the price of this second generation model.

Now the PaperWhite mark II is only £15 more than Barnes & Noble’s Nook Glowlight.

What you get is a device dedicated to reading. A model that’s as light as a traditional paperback and as easy on the eyes. Except with the Kindle White you can change both the typeface and font size to suit your eye-sight.

The Paper White display is very much akin to reading on paper, unlike the grey-scale world of earlier eReaders.

Unlike a paperback book, the Paper White II has a built in edge light this lets you read in the dusk or dark without eyestrain. The page gently glows and the LED light is evenly distributed across the reading area.

You get a super slim case with a generous bezel round the screen (makes for easy holding). But what makes the Paper White special is the attention given to the touchscreen user interface. With a simple gesture you can turn one page, skim several pages and set a book mark. You can also look up unfamiliar words in the built-in dictionary and even make notes in the margin.

 

Recommendation 2 - Amazon Kindle eReader (8.74/10)

Amazon Kindle eReader 2013The Amazon Kindle eReader (8.74/10) is Amazon’s entry level ereader.

It does one thing well and that’s to display a book on screen in crisp shades of grey. And you can read the screen in almost all lighting conditions except harsh direct sunlight straight over your shoulder.

You’ll need a side light on to read the screen in bed at night. It doesn’t glow.

You control this device with a five way button (like older mobile phones) rather than a touch screen. You can adjust the font size to suit your eyesight and set a bookmark. Like its more expensive siblings the Kindle eReader downloads ebooks in under a minute and will store up to a thousand titles in its memory.

 

Recommendation 3 - Nook Simple Touch GlowLight (8.63/10)

Nook SimpleTouch GlowlightThe Nook Simple Touch GlowLight (8.63/10) has many of the features of the Amazon Kindle PaperWhite and its £15 or so cheaper.

At the end of the day, it really is all about that £15 because the Kindle device manages to do everything the Nook can do, but better.

Take the night “glowlight” for example. The Nook’s certainly works, but the experience isn’t quite as slick as the Paper White’s.

 

Cheapest Best Buys For eBook Readers

So there you have the 2013 user survey results. Our best buys for 6 inch tablet readers (based on user satisfaction ratings and value for money) are:

Model overall users’ satisfaction rating
Amazon Kindle PaperWhite 2

8.84/10

Amazon Kindle eReader

8.74/10

Nook Simple Touch GlowLight

8.63/10

eReaders Cheaper HereWhat you need from your electronic book is ease and convenience. That means two things. First an instant connection (without technical fuss) to a Wi-Fi network, together with a quick download of the book you want to read.

Secondly you want easy, intuitive, touch screen controls to open the book, turn pages, flip though & skim, then get back to where you were. An electronic book mark is vital, so you can get back to where you stopped reading.

Oh yes, and it would be nice to have instant access to an on-board dictionary, so you can look up an unfamiliar word. Also it shouldn’t be too difficult to transfer electronic documents (think PDFs, TXT files and other eBook files, even email) from a PC onto the eBook reader.

These three devices deliver all (Kindle Paper White & Kindle Fire) or some (Kindle eReader) of that premium performance.

Thanks for looking. We think you’ll agree – with the help of owners and users - we’ve answered the question: What is the best eReader to buy?”

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